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Oct 30, 2012

spookyDIY recap

most of these are easy enough to do today to have ready for tomorrow!

click on any picture that interests you...


see much, much more after the jump break...

Oct 28, 2012

spookyDIY:
spiderweb wreath

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes...hours
difficulty : ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
would i do it again? : yessir!


see exactly how i made this adorably creepy wreath after the jump!

Oct 27, 2012

spookyDIY:
petrifying preschool party!

i volunteered to be a room parent this month at K's preschool...which means i get to help plan the halloween party!

i was told to keep it simple -- the kids are only two and three years old after all -- and i tried as hard as i possibly could to not overdo it. with so many great ideas on pinterest, it was really hard not to go overboard.

keep reading to see how i made these halloween-ified snacks...
and read about what else is planned!

Oct 25, 2012

spookyDIY:
scary spider specimen display

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes
difficulty : ★   ☆ ☆
hazards : hot glue gun burns
would i do it again? : yes


i've got ghosts and mummies and pumpkins galore...but some spooky spiders were missing from my holiday decorating. if they're missing from yours too, don't fret! it's an easy fix.

Oct 24, 2012

haunted home decor

i've been adding little touches of halloween around our house and this arrangement was bugging me. it seemed...lacking. haphazard.
normally, it's just the giraffes and the orchid. 

so...i decided to ghost-ify our giraffes!

Oct 23, 2012

how to patch a plaster hole

when we replaced our inefficient old doorbell with a fancy-shmancy wireless unit, we were left with a gaping hole in the wall.

unfortunately, it sat this way for months.

Oct 21, 2012

spookyDIY:
eerie eyeball picture frame

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆  ☆ 
hazards : e6000 fumes -- pee-yoo!
would i do it again? : yah!

i always feel like someone is watchin' meee...

Oct 20, 2012

miniDIY:
monster truck
halloween costume!

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes...hours...days
difficulty  ★ ★ ★  ☆ 
would i do it again? : yes!


settle in and get comfy, folks!

i'm about to tell you 
every. 
single. 
step. 
...of how i made this monster truck costume for K.


Oct 19, 2012

how to stain your doors darker

SO. once i found out how easy it is to stain a door darker, my focus immediately turned to our entry area.

...and the two dirty, ugly, orange wood doors that were crying out for help.
doors to the powder room and coat closet.

Oct 17, 2012

spookyDIY:
painted pumpkins galore!

halloween is quickly approaching!

are you still searching for some pumpkin-spiration?

i shared my gilded pumpkin and painted zig-zag pumpkin DIYs individually with you...now, here's a quick roundup of the rest of the painted pumpkins on our front porch!

Oct 16, 2012

new use for an old doorstop

a-HA! i knew i'd find a purpose for this old doorstop on our coat closet door.
the door opens into our kitchen.
the doorstop has no wall to stop into.

its main purpose in life became catching on my drapier shirts as i walked by and yanking me back. 

hardy-har-har, doorstop.

but NOW...

Oct 14, 2012

spookyDIY:
painted zig-zag pumpkin

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes...hours
difficulty : ★ ★ ★  ☆
hazards : your head may explode with frustration
would i do it again? : NEVER. AGAIN.


Oct 13, 2012

K's bed:
it's done, it's done, it's DONE!

psst! we were a featured post on ana white's facebook page!

we LOVE it!!
the bed was based on ana white's plans for a camp loft bed with stair, but slightly modified to make it a bit shorter since we only have 8' ceilings and there's a ceiling fan in the room.

see tons and tons and TONS of pics after the jump break!

Oct 11, 2012

K's bed:
it's coming together...

all the pieces for our little guy's new big-boy bed have now been stained...and are in K's room, ready for assembly!
move over, crib!
we're making room for a BED!

Oct 10, 2012

K saves a dump truck

K and i ran to his preschool to drop off some paperwork...and we happened upon a small pile of items they were throwing out.
now...something there has caught his eye...
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.
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Oct 8, 2012

welcome home, K's bed!

it's time to move a large part of K's bed into his room!
YAY!

Oct 7, 2012

spookyDIY:
ghost posts

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes...hours...days (including paint dry time)
difficulty : ★ ★  ☆ ☆
hazards : eyerolls from neighbors at your blatant display of craftiness
would i do it again? : ...maybe i'll try frankensteins next year!


Oct 6, 2012

miniDIY:
mining for gold

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes...hours
difficulty  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆  
hazards : gold fingertips, bugs in the garden
would i do it again? : yes!


Oct 4, 2012

K's bed:
placing the steps

the staircase, platform frame, and slats have all been stained to perfection...


...now, it's time to attach the ledges the steps will sit on!

Oct 3, 2012

spookyDIY:
gilded pumpkins

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : fumes, liquid leaf addiction
would i do it again? : yes!


Oct 2, 2012

spookyDIY: mummified jars

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
would i do it again? : look at how cute he is...yes!


it's october!
halloween will be here soon...

Oct 1, 2012

september in review

it seems like i was shopping for school supplies just yesterday...and now it's october! before we delve into preparations for a very spooooky halloween, let's recap what happened here at {crab+fish} in september!

DIY projects included: scrap-buster playtime beanbags, a thrifty lightbox, many sidewalk chalk villages, and a pint-sized construction site!

notice three of my four DIYs were actually do-it-for-your-son projects!